The table below looks at the statistics for SMTP skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMTP over the 3 months to 19 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
Rank 499 448 457
Rank change year-on-year
-51 +9
Contract jobs citing SMTP 96 134 100
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.26% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.21% 1.93% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 74 50
Average daily rate
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£375 £413 £381
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +8.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £300 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £540 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
-21.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 5
Average hourly rate £22.69 £37.00 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.67% -22.10%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.69 £37.00 £47.50
% change year-on-year
-38.67% -22.10%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7932 6951 7862
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.38% 13.47% 15.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 4506 3786 3830
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 418 664
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.38%

SMTP
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SMTP within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

SMTP Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SMTP
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SMTP within the UK.

SMTP Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SMTP
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMTP within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

SMTP Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

SMTP
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMTP within the UK.

SMTP Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SMTP
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMTP within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -61 95 £375 -9.09% 47
South East -10 42 £340 -15.00% 15
London -11 33 £425 +3.03% 18
Hampshire +5 25 £340 -23.16% 4
Yorkshire -2 9 £215 +30.30% 3
Berkshire -13 9 £250 -37.50% 5
Surrey +1 7 £475 +35.71% 1
West Yorkshire -4 7 £215 +30.30% 3
City of London -2 6 £375 -11.76% 7
South West -19 5 £375 +15.38% 5
Camberley - 5 £475 -
Wiltshire -10 4 £375 - 1
Swindon - 4 £375 - 1
Leeds - 4 £215 - 2
Reading +11 3 £338 - 4
North West -19 2 - - 3
East of England -20 2 £278 - 2
Kingston Upon Thames - 2 £200 -
West Midlands -20 1 £350 -26.31%
Luton - 1 £270 -
Southampton - 1 £450 - 4
Northampton - 1 £110 -
Cambridge - 1 £285 -
Croydon - 1 £375 -
Bedfordshire - 1 £270 -
East Midlands - 1 £110 - 1
Cambridgeshire - 1 £285 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £110 -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - - 4

SMTP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SMTP also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SMTP.

1 112 (50.91%) Microsoft
2 100 (45.45%) Windows
3 90 (40.91%) DNS
4 79 (35.91%) MS Exchange
5 75 (34.09%) Security Cleared
6 69 (31.36%) VMware
7 64 (29.09%) Active Directory
8 61 (27.73%) HTTP
9 51 (23.18%) FTP
10 47 (21.36%) Linux
11 45 (20.45%) UNIX
11 45 (20.45%) SC Cleared
12 44 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
13 42 (19.09%) Windows Server 2008
14 40 (18.18%) TCP/IP
14 40 (18.18%) Firewall
14 40 (18.18%) X.400
15 39 (17.73%) MS Excel
15 39 (17.73%) SQL
16 38 (17.27%) Internet
17 37 (16.82%) X.500
18 34 (15.45%) ITIL
18 34 (15.45%) PowerShell
19 33 (15.00%) Perl
20 30 (13.64%) Migration
20 30 (13.64%) SAN
20 30 (13.64%) SSL
20 30 (13.64%) DV Cleared
21 29 (13.18%) Cisco
21 29 (13.18%) IIS

SMTP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SMTP also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SMTP. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 79 (35.91%) MS Exchange
2 29 (13.18%) IIS
3 27 (12.27%) Exchange Server 2007
4 24 (10.91%) SharePoint
5 22 (10.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 17 (7.73%) Apache
7 14 (6.36%) IBM Notes
8 13 (5.91%) Exchange Server 2010
9 11 (5.00%) Lotus Domino
10 10 (4.55%) Tomcat
11 9 (4.09%) Exchange Server 2013
11 9 (4.09%) WebSphere
12 7 (3.18%) CICS
12 7 (3.18%) SharePoint Server
13 6 (2.73%) JBoss
13 6 (2.73%) WebSphere Application Server
14 4 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2003
14 4 (1.82%) WebLogic
15 3 (1.36%) BizTalk Server
15 3 (1.36%) GroupWise
Applications
1 39 (17.73%) MS Excel
2 21 (9.55%) MS Office
3 6 (2.73%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.91%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (0.91%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.64%) Office 365
2 2 (0.91%) OpenShift
2 2 (0.91%) Google Apps
2 2 (0.91%) PaaS
3 1 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.45%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 90 (40.91%) DNS
2 61 (27.73%) HTTP
3 51 (23.18%) FTP
4 40 (18.18%) TCP/IP
4 40 (18.18%) Firewall
4 40 (18.18%) X.400
5 38 (17.27%) Internet
6 37 (16.82%) X.500
7 30 (13.64%) SAN
7 30 (13.64%) SSL
8 29 (13.18%) LAN
9 28 (12.73%) LDAP
10 26 (11.82%) DHCP
11 25 (11.36%) VPN
12 23 (10.45%) IMAP
13 22 (10.00%) WAN
14 17 (7.73%) SNMP
15 12 (5.45%) Cisco ASA
15 12 (5.45%) HTTPS
16 11 (5.00%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (10.45%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.36%) PostgreSQL
3 12 (5.45%) MySQL
4 10 (4.55%) Relational Database
5 8 (3.64%) SQL Server 2008
5 8 (3.64%) SQL Server 2012
6 7 (3.18%) DB2
6 7 (3.18%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (1.36%) RDBMS
7 3 (1.36%) Crystal Enterprise
8 2 (0.91%) Spotfire
8 2 (0.91%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.45%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.45%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 9 (4.09%) Subversion
2 8 (3.64%) Git (software)
3 6 (2.73%) MSI
4 5 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (1.36%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.91%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.45%) Ant
7 1 (0.45%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.45%) Trac
7 1 (0.45%) Maven
General
1 20 (9.09%) Finance
2 18 (8.18%) Military
3 13 (5.91%) Banking
4 12 (5.45%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.82%) Retail
5 4 (1.82%) Publishing
6 3 (1.36%) Law
6 3 (1.36%) Legal
6 3 (1.36%) Back Office
6 3 (1.36%) Billing
6 3 (1.36%) Marketing
7 2 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.45%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 33 (15.00%) Administrator
2 23 (10.45%) Systems Administrator
2 23 (10.45%) Messaging Engineer
3 22 (10.00%) Developer
4 20 (9.09%) Analyst
5 12 (5.45%) Systems Engineer
5 12 (5.45%) Senior Systems Administrator
6 11 (5.00%) Architect
7 10 (4.55%) Messaging Analyst
8 9 (4.09%) Linux Administrator
9 8 (3.64%) Consultant
10 7 (3.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (3.18%) Linux Systems Administrator
11 6 (2.73%) Support Engineer
11 6 (2.73%) Technical Analyst
12 5 (2.27%) Infrastructure Specialist
12 5 (2.27%) Network Engineer
12 5 (2.27%) DevOps Engineer
12 5 (2.27%) Senior Infrastructure Specialist
13 4 (1.82%) Linux DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (5.91%) HTML
2 12 (5.45%) XML
3 11 (5.00%) CSS
4 10 (4.55%) jQuery
4 10 (4.55%) CSS3
4 10 (4.55%) HTML5
5 8 (3.64%) .NET
6 7 (3.18%) Web Services
6 7 (3.18%) WebSphere MQ
6 7 (3.18%) OAuth
6 7 (3.18%) OpenID
7 6 (2.73%) SOAP
8 5 (2.27%) Ajax
9 4 (1.82%) JSON
9 4 (1.82%) Middleware
10 3 (1.36%) XSLT
10 3 (1.36%) ODBC
10 3 (1.36%) LAMP
10 3 (1.36%) WCF
11 2 (0.91%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 24 (10.91%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (7.73%) Clustering
3 14 (6.36%) Management Information System
4 13 (5.91%) Replication
4 13 (5.91%) Blackberry
5 12 (5.45%) Open Source
6 10 (4.55%) Computer Science
7 9 (4.09%) PKI
8 7 (3.18%) Mainframe
8 7 (3.18%) IBM Mainframe
9 6 (2.73%) PDA
10 3 (1.36%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.91%) Algorithms
11 2 (0.91%) Life Science
11 2 (0.91%) Visualisation
12 1 (0.45%) CESG
12 1 (0.45%) CLARiiON
12 1 (0.45%) Grid Computing
12 1 (0.45%) iPad
12 1 (0.45%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 100 (45.45%) Windows
2 47 (21.36%) Linux
3 45 (20.45%) UNIX
4 42 (19.09%) Windows Server 2008
5 23 (10.45%) Windows Server 2003
6 15 (6.82%) Solaris
7 11 (5.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (5.00%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (4.55%) Windows XP
9 8 (3.64%) Ubuntu
10 6 (2.73%) Windows 7
11 4 (1.82%) CentOS
12 3 (1.36%) Windows NT
12 3 (1.36%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.91%) Debian
13 2 (0.91%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.45%) FreeBSD
14 1 (0.45%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.45%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (15.45%) ITIL
2 30 (13.64%) Migration
3 20 (9.09%) Boundary Protection
4 16 (7.27%) Integration Testing
4 16 (7.27%) Mentoring
5 13 (5.91%) Disaster Recovery
6 11 (5.00%) Kalman Filter
7 10 (4.55%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (4.55%) Mobile Device Management
8 9 (4.09%) Unit Testing
8 9 (4.09%) DevOps
9 8 (3.64%) Validation
10 7 (3.18%) E-Commerce
10 7 (3.18%) CRM
10 7 (3.18%) Service Delivery
10 7 (3.18%) Email Migration
11 6 (2.73%) SOA
12 5 (2.27%) Service Management
12 5 (2.27%) Configuration Management
12 5 (2.27%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (17.73%) SQL
2 34 (15.45%) PowerShell
3 33 (15.00%) Perl
4 25 (11.36%) Python
5 17 (7.73%) PHP
6 16 (7.27%) Bash Shell
7 14 (6.36%) VBScript
8 12 (5.45%) C
9 10 (4.55%) Shell Script
10 9 (4.09%) C++
11 8 (3.64%) JavaScript
12 7 (3.18%) Java
12 7 (3.18%) REXX
12 7 (3.18%) Tcl
13 5 (2.27%) C#
13 5 (2.27%) Ruby
14 2 (0.91%) Lua
14 2 (0.91%) XPath
14 2 (0.91%) KiXtart
14 2 (0.91%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 75 (34.09%) Security Cleared
2 45 (20.45%) SC Cleared
3 30 (13.64%) DV Cleared
4 25 (11.36%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (8.64%) MCP
6 18 (8.18%) MCSE
7 17 (7.73%) Degree
8 5 (2.27%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (1.82%) MCTS
9 4 (1.82%) CCNP
10 3 (1.36%) Citrix Certification
10 3 (1.36%) MCITP
10 3 (1.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (0.91%) RHCSA
11 2 (0.91%) CCENT
11 2 (0.91%) LPIC
11 2 (0.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 2 (0.91%) CEH
12 1 (0.45%) MCSA
12 1 (0.45%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.00%) SLA
2 7 (3.18%) QA
3 3 (1.36%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.91%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.45%) COBIT
System Software
1 64 (29.09%) Active Directory
2 44 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (8.64%) Sendmail
4 17 (7.73%) Forefront TMG
5 12 (5.45%) XenDesktop
5 12 (5.45%) VMware ESX
6 11 (5.00%) vSphere
6 11 (5.00%) Squid
7 7 (3.18%) NFS
7 7 (3.18%) RACF
8 6 (2.73%) qmail
8 6 (2.73%) XenApp
9 5 (2.27%) Terminal Services
9 5 (2.27%) Postfix
10 4 (1.82%) Hyper-V
11 3 (1.36%) ISA Server
11 3 (1.36%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (1.36%) ProxySG
11 3 (1.36%) Xen
12 2 (0.91%) Snort
Systems Management
1 21 (9.55%) ARCserve
2 13 (5.91%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 13 (5.91%) HP SIM
3 12 (5.45%) Nagios
4 8 (3.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 7 (3.18%) MIMEsweeper
5 7 (3.18%) OpenSSO
5 7 (3.18%) OMEGAMON
6 6 (2.73%) MAILsweeper
7 5 (2.27%) Ansible
7 5 (2.27%) Icinga
8 4 (1.82%) ZABBIX
8 4 (1.82%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (1.36%) NetBackup
9 3 (1.36%) Zenoss
9 3 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.91%) SCOM
10 2 (0.91%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.91%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.91%) Cacti
Vendors
1 112 (50.91%) Microsoft
2 69 (31.36%) VMware
3 29 (13.18%) Cisco
4 28 (12.73%) Citrix
5 27 (12.27%) Oracle
6 23 (10.45%) HP
7 22 (10.00%) CA
8 18 (8.18%) Lotus
9 17 (7.73%) Juniper
10 16 (7.27%) NetApp
10 16 (7.27%) Clearswift
11 13 (5.91%) Red Hat
11 13 (5.91%) F5
12 11 (5.00%) IBM
12 11 (5.00%) MobileIron
13 9 (4.09%) Websense
13 9 (4.09%) Blue Coat
14 8 (3.64%) Brocade
14 8 (3.64%) 3PAR
14 8 (3.64%) Symantec
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